The Most Picturesque Holiday Homes in Northern Ireland

Triumphal Arch Lodge
Triumphal Arch Lodge | courtesy of the Irish Landmark Trust
Northern Ireland gains a large portion of its revenue from tourism, but it’s also a country steeped in history and culture. It should come as no surprise, then, that many of its holiday homes are representative of the same fascinating history. From medieval gatehouses to barn conversions, here’s our list of the most picturesque holiday homes in Northern Ireland.

The Barbican Glenarm

Built in 1825, The Barbican is actually the entrance gate to a larger castle in Glenarm, County Antrim. Effectively a miniature medieval castle, the tower is now available to rent for the perfect romantic getaway. Situated just across a bridge, the tower sits between picturesque Glenarm Castle and the village of Glenarm itself. The Castle occasionally hosts events, which could be either a benefit or a drawback, so be sure to check before booking.

The Barbican | Image courtesy of the Irish Landmark Trust

Drum Gate Lodge

Another tower property in County Antrim, this one is very different from the Barbican. Whereas the Barbican is a grand entrance to a faux-medieval estate, The Drum Gate is almost understated, and was primarily occupied by farm labourers. However, after renovations, the Lodge is now a beautiful two-storey space with additional attached rooms. Perfect for a quiet weekend away.

Drum Gate Lodge Image courtesy of the Irish Landmark Trust

Narrow Water Castle

Unfortunately, Newry’s Narrow Water Castle itself isn’t available to rent in its entirety. Luckily, however, there is a self-catering apartment in Mount Hall, the original heart of the castle. This two-bed apartment is equipped with all the creature comforts you would expect of a luxury location, and also provides easy access to the castle’s grounds, forests, equestrian centre, and golf course.

Narrow Water Castle Image courtesy of Narrow Water Castle

Crotlieve Barn

Spacious, cosy, and halfway between Belfast and Dublin, this barn conversion might be the perfect home base from which to plan the great Irish road trip. Overlooking Kilbroney Valley and Carlingford Lough, Crotlieve is secluded and calm, well-suited to a larger group of friends. Spend your days exploring the valley, the Fairy Glen, and Kilbroney Park, before retiring to the living room and its log fire come sunset.

Triumphal Arch Lodge

Triumphal Arch Lodge
Triumphal Arch Lodge | courtesy of the Irish Landmark Trust
The Triumphal Arch Lodge is another gatehouse, this time standing at the entrance to the Colebrook Estate. A Grade B listed building, it’s compact and cosy while also reflecting some of the grandeur of the estate beyond. The Marble Arch Caves, Enniskillen Castle, and Florence Court are all nearby, and the award-winning Colebrook Spa is on the estate, so you can unwind and relax after a long day of walking.
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Helen’s Tower

A three-storey stone tower tucked away in the Clandeboye Estate, County Down, Helen’s Tower is not only one of the most picturesque holiday homes in Northern Ireland, but it also provides some of the best panoramic views in the country. Standing on top of the tower, the entire estate is visible, and, given a clear day, the view extends as far as Scotland.

Helen’s Tower Image courtesy of the Irish Landmark Trust